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  • How This Long-Time iPhone User Switched to Android

    By Jose Vilches on

    I've been an iPhone user for over six years now and up until recently I had only used Android for minutes at a time and never as my daily driver. But hearing how Google's smartphone platform had evolved so significantly since I first became an iPhone user, both in terms of software and hardware, I decided it was time to give it a try. Read on for my experiences thus far.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and know-how, the latter of which we offer up here.
  • Make Chrome Run Faster and Keep RAM Usage Under Control

    By Jose Vilches on

    For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.
  • Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    With the release of Pascal the time has come to revisit history and see how 6 generations of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards compare. From Fermi-based GTX 480 to today's flagship, the GTX 1080, how much faster do you think today's cards are?
  • Unreal Tournament's 'Facing Worlds' is still the best multiplayer map

    By Kevin Wong on

    For the uninitiated, here's a little bit of context: Unreal Tournament drew first blood on the PC in 1999, with a fanciful, science fiction tone and particularly gory splatters. The game focused its efforts on online multiplayer. Never before, nor since, has Capture the Flag been so much fun.
  • A Gallery of Weird Keyboard Layouts

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    There's no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it's probably safe to say that many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.
  • DDR4 Memory at 4000 MT/s, Does It Make a Difference?

    By Steven Walton on

    For the most part we test using DDR4-3000, as it occasionally shows some benefits over the more typical 2400 and 2666 MHz speeds. Going to 4000 MHz and beyond is a massive increase in frequency (and cost) and I struggled to imagine where this would be useful, particularly when gaming. Then again, curiosity had gotten the better of me...
  • The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

    By Jose Vilches on

    The deep web is not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines. It's several times bigger than the visible web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on, too.
  • Seven Steam games whose reviews have changed a lot

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Valve recently overhauled Steam's review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.
  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    By Rob Thubron on

    You've probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I've been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn't choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.
  • Better Buy: Previous-Gen Flagship vs. Today's Budget Smartphones

    By Tim Schiesser on

    If you're in the market for a new phone and don't have a ton of money to spend, most companies would want you to look at their collection of mid-range and entry-level handsets. But that's not always the smartest move if you know where to look.
  • The Best Strategy Games on PC

    By Luke Plunkett on

    So what counts as a strategy game? Here are the best games to play if you feel like taking charge of something, ruining an economy and/or driving an army across the fields of your enemies.
  • Top 10 Tech Pranks

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Pranks are awesome. They are one of those few things in life that most people can unequivocally agree on being great. Pranks are in the same league with cat videos, candy, and free stuff - everyone loves 'em. You're a tech-savvy individual, and it's time that your pranks showed that. We've got some ideas...
  • Inside the Murky Process of Getting Games on Steam

    By Nathan Grayson on

    These days, it seems like Valve will let just about anything on Steam. Programs like Greenlight and Early Access make it easier than ever to get a game on the preposterously popular PC storefront. Some of these games are very bad. How does this happen? What is the process actually like?
  • Virtual Reality: The True Cost of Admission (and Why It Doesn't Matter)

    By Shawn Knight on

    Oculus, HTC, and Sony have all released pricing details for their upcoming virtual reality headsets. But what seems pretty cut-and-dry gets complicated in a hurry when you consider they all need additional hardware to power the experience. To help make sense of it all, we've gone through the hassle of analyzing everything to see what the true cost of ownership looks like.
  • The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2016

    By Rob Thubron on

    It's impossible to deny that 2015 was an amazing year for the PC ushering in a new golden era of PC gaming. 2016 will have to produce some truly special games to match last year's offerings, and so far, it's not doing too badly but there's still plenty more games to come. Here are our top 10 most anticipated titles.
  • A List of Oculus Rift & HTC Vive VR Games to Look Out for in 2016

    By Jose Vilches on

    If you're among those who've preordered a VR headset or are still on the fence, you may be wondering what are you going to be able to play with it? We've compiled a list of some of the most anticipated or interesting titles arriving soon. Keep in mind that many existing games are getting VR support, though for this list we've kept it (mostly) to made-for-VR games.
  • Shortcut Extravaganza: Windows, Chrome, Android, iPhone and More

    By Devin Pope & Julio Franco on

    What's more appealing than a shortcut? It's a quick way to take a task and make it less painful and easier to accomplish. With shortcuts, you can cheat time a little bit and find maybe a few extra moments each day.
  • TechSpot Best of MWC 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    It's been a busy week as more than 90,000 people stormed Barcelona to catch the latest mobile announcements and innovations. This year's Mobile World Congress brought us new smartphones, hybrid mobile devices, more VR hype as well as wearables and IoT gear. Lets take a look at the highlights of the three-day event.
  • DirectX 12 Multi-GPU Technology Tested: GeForce and Radeon Paired Together

    By Steven Walton on

    The new Ashes of the Singularity benchmark 2.0 brings support for explicit multi-adapter (EMA), DirectX 12's multi-GPU technology, which enables support for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs in the same system. This means it's possible to pair a GeForce GTX 980 Ti with a Radeon R9 Fury X and that's exactly what we'll be focusing on today.
  • Guide to HEVC/H.265 Encoding and Playback

    By Tim Schiesser on

    HEVC's main advantage over H.264 is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality.
  • Finding the Right Components for a Well-Rounded Gaming Laptop

    By Rob Thubron on

    Unlike years past, today there are a vast number of quality gaming laptops available that can not only match most home rigs but occasionally outperform them. If you're in the market for a new gaming laptop and want to know what components will give you a well-rounded rig, here's a breakdown of what's on offer.
  • The Ideal Smartphone for 2016

    By Tim Schiesser on

    In 2015 I saw a ton of great smartphones hit the market, but I'm yet to see the elusive 'perfect' device -- the phone with no compromises in hardware or software. In this article I'll go through every aspect of the modern smartphone and list exactly what I want to see, with every aspect of it firmly grounded in reality. This is a smartphone that should be possible to create in 2016.
  • The Five Stages of Video Game Disappointment

    By Nathan Grayson on

    I think it's happened to us all at some point or another: a game you've idolized from afar finally comes out. You boot it up and brace yourself for magic. Hours pass. Magic still hasn't happened. This is... unexpected. That is when you begin your Dante-esque multi-stage descent into a very unique sort of madness: disappointment.
  • TechSpot Best of CES 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    Here's our selection of the most innovative, promising, or downright cool products we saw during this year's massive show. So without further ado here's the best of CES 2016
  • 10 Tech Predictions for 2016

    By Bob O’Donnell on

    Looking ahead to 2016, I expect we will see changes that, on the surface, also don't seem to amount to much initially, but will actually prove to be key foundational shifts that drive a very different, and very exciting future.
  • 4K Monitors: Can you actually see the difference?

    By Matt Bach on

    With 4K monitors becoming more and more affordable, it appears that the long-standing reign of 1080p may finally be coming to a close. The question is: can the human eye actually see the difference with a 4K monitor? To answer that question we will need to determine the pixel pitch of a monitor and compare it to what you are actually capable of seeing.
  • The 10 Best Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Building a gaming PC can be time-consuming and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing hundreds of dollars. And yet we do it anyway. Why? Because building PCs is totally awesome.
  • The State of PC Gaming in 2015

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Unlike the other gaming platforms we've been evaluating here at the end of the year, the PC's been around for decades. Recently, the PC's long legacy of openness and customization has come into conflict with a mainstream that's finally-finally-realized just how big of a deal PC gaming actually is. By and large, the PC is in a great place in 2015.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.